Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Knitting

I gave Chloe a small knitting loom for her birthday along with some bright pink chunky yarn. She decided to knit a hat for her baby doll with it (since that's the only size this particular look makes).

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She has been working on this hat for 30 minutes every day for the past week and a half. I hope we will complete it this week. She is getting a little bored with it, but I just know she will be ultra pleased with her hat when she completes it. She gets all giggly and excited when I show her the portion she has already completed. She feels it with her little fingers and ohhhs and ahhhhs over it.

Yesterday, in the midst of one of her "bored" spells, I showed her my own knitting and asked her if she would like to knit like that someday. "Oh Yes Yes YES!!!!" she exclaimed repeatedly. "Then you must work on this hat and finish it." It was a great lesson in perseverance, a word we learned last week in our Childrens Book of Virtues. I love it when real life circumstances reflect something we've been reading about in school and give us that opportunity to really learn.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

New School Desk

Last week a wonderful present arrived for our "schoolroom". (Which, in all actuality, looks quite similar to what one would call a dining room.) I was reading in Chloe's Handwriting Without Tears teacher's guide the importance in preschool and kindergarten aged children to maintain proper posture while learning to color and write. A portion of the correct posture involves feet touching the floor while sitting in a chair. Unfortunately, Chloe cannot reach the floor with her feet in any of our chairs. Intriguing, I know. Right?

Anyways, we decided to purchase a table and chair set for her and a couple months ago I began the search for the perfect set. Well, the prices can be quite substantial for such a small item, let me tell you. We finally settled on a school desk and chair from Lipper. The price point was in our budget and the reviews for the set all seemed to praise its durability and size. We couldn't be happier. Chloe LOVES workbook time now and begs to do it first. Can you believe that? Yes, she begs to do her workbook now and all because her feet can touch the floor.

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In other news, we missed a couple days of school last week due to family arriving in town and a trip up to New York City for a wedding (can you say field trip?) so we are a week behind this week. Oh well. We will just have to go a week into June. I didn't want to, but we will have to.

Also, we will be purchasing our kindergarten curriculum very soon. I have picked the reading level and all that so we will be able to begin kindergarten in July. Now if only I could wrap my brain around the requirements for our state for kindergarten. I am officially nervous. The listings also came out for the military today and our dream location was on it so we should find out in a couple of weeks if we are moving and when. Hooray! That just might change our homeschool registration process if we can move soon enough. Sheesh! So much to think about. I think right now I shall just focus on finishing up preschool. That's about all my brain can handle right now anyways.